My grandfather (to me, “Grandpa”) died on Friday, November 2nd, 2018, a few days before this post was written. As I write this I am with my family in Blackfoot, Idaho, staying in his and my grandmother’s (or “Grandma’s”) house; she has survived him. I will be staying with them until the funeral on Saturday, November 10th, 2018 at the Hawker Funeral Home, is over. (The funeral starts at 2:00 PM.)
This is the beginning of a new Stellaris after-action report (AAR) that I will update from time to time. While many visitors come to my site for other content, every now and then I plan to update this with how my game is going. A number of mods are being used, and I list them out at the end of the post. Enjoy!
I have moved my ePortfolio, my blog, my docs, and the rest from Weebly to WordPress.
This week, I was required to read “What is Enlightenment”, by Immanuel Kant; “Christianity or Europe” and “Faith and Love, or King and Queen”, by Novalis; a selection from A General Theory of Magic by Marcel Mauss; and a selection of Success through Failure, by Henry Petroski (you can find these readings here: http://didascalos.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/readings-week-1-set-2/). The readings were quite interesting. In my study, I noticed a contrast between four of the five selections, those being the selections from Kant, Novalis, and Mauss. I would say that the contrast is between Kant’s “maturity”, and “belief”, exhibited in Novalis’s writings and the belief in magic described by Mauss. Continue reading
The first readings of the course, selections from Francis Yates’ The Art of Memory, and Mary Caruthers’ The Book of Memory, were interesting reads and an unexpected kick-off to the course. Now, my exposure to the Middle Ages is fairly small, consisting of what I recall from sophomore world history, a couple semesters studying philosophy in my debate class, and my experience in playing a medieval political-simulator video game called Crusader Kings. In addition to my unfamiliarity with the Middle Ages, I’m a transfer student from SLCC, so I have no experience with University of Utah classes in general, Honors classes in particular. So having any expectations really isn’t justified, on my part. Continue reading